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Tokyo Compression
Michael Wolf

Tokyo Compression Michael Wolf

Tokyo Compression Michael WolfTokyo Compression
Michael Wolf
Asia One

Text by Christian Schule.
Co-published by Peperoni Books.


112 pages
210 x 250 mm
ISBN 9789881882370


Michael Wolf is known for his large-scale architectural photographs of Chicago and, to an even greater extent, his adopted home city of Hong Kong. His latest work was similarly created in a big city, but this time, architecture is not Wolf’s focus. In Tokyo Compression, the photographer descends into the Tokyo subway system, vividly capturing the ‘daily insanity’ of a subterranean world of glass, steel and wall-to-wall people. Tokyo Compression represents another startling look at city life – and another milestone in the life’s work of Michael Wolf.

About the Artist
Michael Wolf (b. 1954, Munich) is a German-born artist who was raised in the USA.  He studied at the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Essen (Folkwang school) in Germany with Professor Otto Steinert. He has lived and worked as a photographer and author in China since 1994. His works have been shown in museums around the globe, with many being represented in important collections. To date, Wolf has published nine books: China im Wandel (Frederking und Thaler, 2001), Sitting in China (Steidl, 2002), Chinese Propaganda Posters from the Collection of Michael Wolf (Taschen, 2003), Hong Kong front door/back door (Thames and Hudson, 2005; Steidl, 2006), The Transparent City (Aperture, 2008), two-volume set Hong Kong Inside Outside (Asia One Books and Peperoni Books, 2009), Tokyo Compression (Asia One Books and Peperoni Books, 2010), Real Fake Art (Asia One Books and Peperoni Books, 2011) and the latest Tokyo Compression Revisited (Asia One Books and Peperoni Books, 2011).

About the Publishers
Established in 2007, Asia One’s book imprint is one of the most prolific publishers on art and culture topics in Hong Kong. AOPP strives to create and offer works that represent Hong Kong’s creative scene as it develops, documenting its stories while showcasing its talented artists, photographers and designers. The Asia One publishing arm’s services and capabilities include editorial, design, colour management, ISBN applications, distribution and marketing.

Founded by Hannes Wanderer in Berlin in 2004, Peperoni Books is dedicated to contemporary photography and the publication of high-quality photobooks.

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